The Nonprofit Weekly Digest from LinkedIn for Nonprofits

The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest! This week, the articles we’ve chosen share a common theme: people.

You’ll find tips for training staff, improving the efficacy of your board, diversifying your development office, and remaining aligned with supporters in a shifting digital landscape. As we start to transition back to in-person working environments, you’ll also find guidance for developing a return-to-workplace plan that works for you and your people. 

Here are five must-read articles for nonprofits this week:

1. 12 Best Practices to Help Bring Staff Back (The NonProfit Times)

With many cities slowly opening up again, some nonprofit leaders may be starting to think seriously about returning to the physical workplace. Rick Grimaldi, author of FLEX: A Leader’s Guide to Staying Nimble and Mastering Transformative Change in the American Workplace, outlines 12 best practices nonprofits can follow to handle this safely and smoothly. 

2. When Looking to Diversify Your Development Office, Widen Your Lens (Bloomerang)

To diversify their fundraising and development teams, nonprofits first need to attract and find underrepresented candidates. Valerie Harris, senior director of stewardship communications at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses how assumptions can make it harder for organizations to diversify their talent pool, and offers some practical suggestions that can help.

3. The 7 Recruiting Principles of Highly Effective Nonprofit Boards (Philanthropy News Digest)

Your board has a lot of responsibilities, from being ambassadors for your organization to advocating for your cause. James Mueller, president of nonprofit consulting firm James Mueller & Associates, outlines seven principles for building a high-performing board—from focusing on culture to ensuring continuity of information.

4. The New (Digital) Normal (NonProfit PRO)

The last year has proven that a strong digital strategy is no longer optional. But as nonprofits shift more of their efforts online, it’s important to ensure they stay aligned with their supporters. Ashley Thompson, managing director of the Blackbaud Institute, shares her thoughts on the perfect marriage of philanthropy and innovation moving forward.

5. 5 Training Tips for Multi-Functional Nonprofit Teams (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog)

When you’re managing a busy nonprofit, constantly training and upskilling staff might feel like an uphill struggle. These tips can help you make the most of your resources and embed ongoing learning into your organization’s DNA. 

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